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Society honours young explorers from Stamford School

Stamford School pupils Chris Allison and Olly Hall have been elected as Members of the British Exploring Society

Stamford School pupils Chris Allison and Olly Hall have been elected as Members of the British Exploring Society

Two pupils at Stamford School have been elected as members of the British Exploring Society after taking part in an expedition to the Arctic Circle.

Chris Allison and Olly Hall, both in Year 13, have also been given the prestigious John Muir Trust Explorer Award following the expedition in July last year.

They received their awards on Saturday at the British Exploring Society’s annual meeting at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Both went on the British Exploring Society’s 2013 expedition to Arctic Finnmark which undertook ecological, geological and hydrological surveys in the area around the remote Øksfjordjøkelen ice cap in the north-east tip of mainland Norway at 70 degrees North, well within the Arctic Circle.

At the annual meeting, those who went on the six expeditions run by the society in 2013 presented their findings and reported on their experiences to a packed audience of fellow explorers, parents, sponsors and society members.

Expeditions are organised into ‘fires’ (teams of a dozen participants) and Chris was asked to give a brief presentation on behalf of his ‘Orca’ fire about the results of the ecological surveys done in the valleys below the ice caps.

Stamford School head teacher Will Phelan said: “There is a great emphasis on outdoor education as part of our extra-curricular programme at Stamford School with a large number of students engaged in the Duke of Edinburgh award.

“The fact that Olly and Chris have achieved this accolade is down to their dedication and desire to challenge themselves and each other, a fundamental part of what being a Stamford School boy is all about.

“I know we will see more of our pupils undertaking work with British Exploring Society and further cementing the culture of outdoor education here.”

 

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